- A blender
- A cup (for optimal satisfaction, a very large one)
- A thick straw or spoon
- Measuring cups (not necessary, but you’ll want them if you want to be able to perfectly recreate your favorite shake)
- A bed, couch, or at least a clean floor to crash on in case of a milkshake-induced coma
Autumn has come, and so has the season of decorating! Embrace the crisp air and colorful trees by adding some pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice to your apartment. Here are a few simple ways to celebrate the season of fall in your home that will go a long way!
A Door Mat
Door mats and rugs can be displayed during any season, really. Needing to decorate for fall is a great excuse to get a new door mat. This simple but functional decoration serves as one of the first things that you or your visitors will see when getting o your home. Personalize it with your name, or just find one that speaks to you! Add a pot of flowers on the side and you got yourself a picture-perfect entrance.
One of the great benefits of fall time is the abundance of pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, cookies, candles, socks, centerpieces, you name it. This is the season of pumpkins, so get yourself a great one. Plastic and Styrofoam pumpkins can also be styled in your kitchen, living room or bathroom to make your home feel like fall.
A Fall Aroma
Speaking of candles, doing a little to make your home smell like fall can go a long way when creating an atmosphere that harmonizes with the season. Whether you prefer candles, wax warmers, scented pinecones, or scented sprays, making your abode smell like autumn is an important part of spicing up your apartment. You’ll never want to leave!
Crafting homemade decorations is a fun way to celebrate the holidays and seasons. All you need is the internet to spark some inspiration. From putting together a fancy wreath to making a turkey from your painted hand, the possibilities are endless. Put a personal touch on your fall décor this year with hand-made projects. Don’t be afraid to decorate for fall with your own creations!
For many of us, this weekend is the last one we get before we go back to school. Soon, homework and cooler weather will start to work their way into our Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and our weekend routines will resultantly be modified. So, you could spend the weekend sulking and dreading the start of a new semester, or you could the last weekend of summer a perfect one. If you like the sound of the latter option better than the first, check out these tips on how to make it happen!
Get Together with Friends
Summer is too good a thing to celebrate without friends. As you pay tribute to the past few months and the fun you had during them, don’t do it alone! Grab your phone right now (or perhaps when you’ve finished reading), call a friend or two, and plan to do something fun together. As schedules get more difficult and more complicated, it may be harder to do things with your friends. Don’t miss the opportunity this weekend presents!
When it’s negative 20 degrees outside and there are several feet of snow on the ground, you’ll want to look back to this time of the year knowing you took advantage of it – not wishing you’d done more. As of now, the weekend forecast looks pretty sunny, and the smoke may be reduced due to moisture surrounding areas will hopefully get. You should definitely take your activities outside this weekend!
Get Some Sleep
Don’t sleep the weekend away, but seriously, get some rest! You don’t want to start a new semester off tired. Also, take a nap. You may still get to sleep in now and then after school kicks up, but naps are less common with a busy school and work schedule. Sunday afternoon may be the perfect time for you to grab a few midday Z’s.
Don’t be unprepared for the new semester. Take a little bit of time this weekend to get everything set for classes. Make sure your textbooks are ordered or reserved. Get any notebooks, paper, pens, or other supplies you need. Furthermore, you should definitely check your I-learn! Some professors assign tasks that are due the first day of class, before class. Yes, it’s cruel, but it’s a reality. Make sure to know if you have any assignments due before class and avoid starting the semester with an F.
Don’t Get Psyched Out
This can be a stressful time of year for a lot of people. Summer weather lovers may get devastated knowing they won’t see their favorite season for another nine months or so. Students may dread going back to classes. Whatever your situation may be, don’t let yourself get psyched out over the weekend. Be confident, know that it’s going to be okay, and make the very best of the transition.
We’re sure that if you take our advice, this weekend will be the perfect last weekend of summer. Now all that’s left is to get to it!
For those of us returning to the life of a student here in a few days, life is about to get a little more difficult. Classes, studying, team projects, and the like are just a few of the things that can make college life stressful. However, there are a lot of simple tips and tricks out there that you’re probably not yet familiar with or haven’t tried yet that could potentially cut down on some of that unnecessary stress. Here’s a list of some easy back to school hacks that are sure to make the student life a little easier:
Oversleep No More
Prone to missing your alarm? We understand. Your professors, however, may not be so understanding. Help yourself wake up by putting your phone into a glass cup on your nightstand. It’ll make your phone sound louder, add to the noise that comes from the vibration, and make it a little harder to shut off the alarm.
The Old “Meal-in-a-Mug” Trick
Breakfast can be a tough meal to fit in when you have early morning classes. Hack your morning hunger by cracking an egg or two into a ceramic mug, mixing them up, and throwing the mug into the microwave for a minute or two. The result will be an easy, time-effective scrambled eggs breakfast. You can also liven things up by throwing in some cheese, meat, or spices. There’s actually a ton of things you can make with a few simple ingredients, a mug, and a microwave.
Find the Free Food
For most of us, a student-sized budget is at the core of the college life. Fortunately, there are tons of opportunities for free food around, especially at the beginning of a new semester. Opening club socials, informational meetings, orientations, etc. Even after the new semester rush there are tons of clubs and societies that offer food at their meetings. Take advantage of these when you can, and you’ll end up saving a healthy amount of money on groceries. Plus, you may just learn a thing or two along the way.
Get that 4.0 Early On
Classes are generally easier towards the beginning of the semester and then gradually become more difficult. If you want to end the class with a great grade, it’ll be important to start off strong while assignments and material are less demanding and difficult. You’ll create a bit of a buffer for yourself to fall back on when things get tougher.
Find a “Focus Spot”
Distractions are everywhere, and as such, uninterrupted study time can be hard to come by. Your phone, your friends, your roommates… there’s a ton out there to pull your attention away from academics. To help fight the distractions, pick a spot – one spot – that is your designated no-distraction study spot. It should be somewhere away from noise, media, and hustle and bustle. Don’t do anything else in that spot. No Netflix, Facebook, or friends. When you’re done studying, leave the spot before you pull out your phone or turn on your favorite show. If you do this, your mind will begin to understand that when you’re in that specific spot, it’s study time.
Staying organized will help you avoid forgetfulness. It will help you be more productive with your time. Most importantly, it’ll allow you more time away from your books and homework to actually have fun! Use a planner or large calendar to organize your time. Organize your workspace. Also, organize your room and apartment. Doing these things have been proven to seriously improve productivity, and productivity = less time studying.
Schedule Lock Screen
This is one of my favorites of the bunch. A new semester brings a whole new set of classes, classrooms, and professors. Rather than constantly logging into your online portal or having to carry a note card with your schedule on it around with you, take a screenshot of your schedule. To make things easier still, set that screen shot as your lock screen. That way, all you’ll have to do to remind yourself of where you’re supposed to be and when is turn on your phone screen.
These hacks, coupled with good decision-making in general, are sure to help make the transition back to school easier and college life more bearable. Good luck to all of you students out there!
Are you ready for the total solar eclipse on Monday? This singular occurrence is expected to draw perhaps thousands of visitors and keep many curious locals around. To celebrate this incredible occasion, there will be many events during the eclipse weekend.
Here are a few of the events to look for as the weekend and day of eclipse unfold.
The Village BBQ
Come to our BBQ! The day of the eclipse, August 21, we will be hosting a free barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Come watch the total solar eclipse with some free food and great company.
Teton Storytelling & Arts Festival
In addition to a great astronomical event, the annual Teton Storytelling & Arts Festival will take place this weekend. On Saturday August 19, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can enjoy music, art, and storytelling at Riverside Park. Nationally-acclaimed storytellers will be coming together with regional artists and musicians for a day-long celebration of the arts.
Right after the festival, some of our out-of-town guests will be bringing some star power of their own. The Los Angeles Astronomical Society will set up for their “Star Party,” which will run from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Eclipse Drive-In Camping
Teton VU Drive-In is offering both camping and day spots for the total solar eclipse. Fifty by twenty foot gravel spots will be available from August 18-22 for RV or tent camping. Day spots are only available the day of the eclipse. For more information about what you can expect out of a reservation at Teton VU, visit their Facebook event page.
Eclipse Days Celebration
Just outside of Rexburg, Sugar City is hosting its Eclipse Days Celebration in Heritage Park. This event will last all day at Heritage Park and will feature entertainment and music. Vendor booths will also sell food and drink and local crafts.
Riverside Park will be the place to be this weekend, especially on the day of the eclipse. The Vendor’s Village will be an incredible event during the eclipse that includes crafts, food, and drinks. This is where you’ll want to go for your total solar eclipse souvenirs.
Want professional insight into the eclipse before it happens? The BYU-Idaho Planetarium will feature a number of planetarium shows and lectures on Saturday, August 19. BYU-I emphasizes that tickets are free, but due to limited seats they request you obtain your tickets well in advance.
Breakfast and Lunch Buffets at Manwaring Center
Looking for a good breakfast and lunch to bookend your eclipse experience? Head on up to the Manwaring Center on BYU-Idaho campus for a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The lunch buffet will in turn start at the conclusion of the eclipse at 12:30 p.m. and run until 2 p.m.
Fortunately, it is possible to attend all of these events during the eclipse weekend! Here in Rexburg, we believe in celebrating not just the big astronomical occurrences, but also the talent and zeal of the community. Come enjoy all of this for one extraordinary weekend.
This article was used with the permission of ExploreRexburg.com
With the eclipse just around the corner, things are going to start getting hectic very soon. Estimates of the number of people who will be travelling to Rexburg to see the eclipse range from the thousands to the tens of thousands. While no one is sure exactly what kind of influx to expect, one thing is sure – things are going to be at least a little more crazy than normal.
Half of the craze comes simply from being unsure of what to expect. With such broad estimates, who knows what Rexburg will really look like the day of the eclipse, and the days that surround the event.
While many of the worst-case scenarios shouldn’t be something you over-stress, there are definitely things that you should do to make sure you’ll be prepared. We’re not proclaiming doom and gloom. The eclipse will most likely come and go without too much complication. However, to help you be ready, we’ve compiled five of some of the most important things you should do to prepare yourself and your family for The Great American Eclipse.
With such a large number of people coming to the area, you’re definitely going to want to avoid any trips to grocery stores in the days that closely surround the eclipse. Some stores may choose not to open at all on the day of the eclipse, while others will likely be packed and experiencing shortages. For all we know, some may choose to raise their prices to take advantage of the increase in demand.
To avoid letting this have a negative effect on you and your family, make sure you have several gallons of water tucked away. Be sure to have enough food in your pantry for a week’s worth of meals. Make sure you have both your prescription medications and simple medications as well (ibuprofen, Tylenol, cough drops, etc.) Doing so will keep you from needing to shop during the days surrounding the eclipse.
Rexburg is a pretty trusting area. I know many people who choose to rarely lock their doors. Don’t make that mistake during the eclipse. Be sure to lock your doors, windows, cars, and garage during eclipse-time. With so many people coming to the area, there are bound to be some troublemakers in the group. Don’t make your home an easy target.
Experts have expressed concern over the burden a large influx of people will have on the supply of fuel in the area. Be sure that all your vehicles have a full tank of gas a half week or so before the eclipse, and you won’t have to worry about not being able to fill up later.
Find a Landline
While many of the possible negative scenarios that have been proposed are either unlikely or completely bogus, there are some things that you can expect with surety. One negative scenario that you can expect with certainty is that you probably won’t have cell coverage.
Experts have pointed out that towers are already limited during peak use times on any normal day in the Rexburg area, and so it’s very likely that with such a large number of people coming to the area the towers simply won’t be able to handle it. That means no calls, and no data connection.
As you prepare for the eclipse, it will be important for you to know where the nearest landline is in case of an emergency. In fact, if you’ve got one collecting dust in a box somewhere, you can plug it in and reach 911 without a phone carrier. If you don’t, find out if you have a neighbor or relative close by who does who would be willing to let you use it if need be.
Above all, simply be sure to have a detailed plan for whatever you may be doing during the eclipse. Have printed directions if you plan on travelling anywhere, as you likely won’t be able to use your phone as a GPS. Make sure friends and family coming to the area do the same. Also, make sure you plan on leaving plenty early no matter where you’re going, as traffic will most likely be a nightmare. If you’re meeting with friends or family, make sure you have meeting times set, and backup plans as well. Have an emergency plan.
Finally, plan to have fun. As long as you’ve done a good job of preparing, the eclipse will be an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime event for you, your family, and your friends. Enjoy it!
How to Make the Perfect Milkshake
As we begin to move into the later parts of summer, you may find yourself realizing either that you simply haven’t eaten enough ice cream yet this summer, or that you’ve eaten a ton and need to “shake” things up a bit (see what we did there? Never mind.) Yes, ice cream is amazing all year long, but for many of us, it’s a cardinal necessity of our summertime existence. Some may even agree that the delicious treat is a product of creation’s eighth day.
If you love ice cream, you probably also love milkshakes. If you love milkshakes, you probably wouldn’t mind having more of them in your life. If that’s the case, we’re here for you. This is a quick (and fun) guide to making the perfect milkshake in the comfort of your own home!
Step One: Acquire the Core Ingredients
Buy it. Borrow it. Beg for it. Do whatever you must (as long as your actions fall within the basic bounds of moral behavior) to get yourself some ice cream. Obviously, you’re going to need ice cream for your shake.
Choose wisely, though. As the core ingredient to your shake, the flavor of ice cream will greatly affect the taste, texture, and viscosity of your final shake. Don’t be afraid to experiment – you know what they say! High risk, high reward. If you plan on adding more ingredients later, however, it may be a good idea to stick with a simple base.
Along with ice cream you’re going to need milk (go figure, huh?). Whether you get whole milk or reduced fat milk is completely up to you. But come on, you’re making a milkshake. Go big or go home. Shoot, I think I’ll make mine with half and half.
Step Two: Gather the Hardware
You’ll need the following tools:
Step Three: Decide on Additional Ingredients (Optional)
This step is completely negotiable. If you’re looking for a traditional, smooth milkshake, you may stick with just the core ingredients, maybe with some whipped cream to top it off.
However, if you’re looking to wander into the more adventurous territories of milkshake making, you may decide to make your milkshake more like a blizzard. Think of the possibilities! You could throw fruit, candy, extracts (mint, vanilla, maple), Torani syrups, cake mix, cookies, and more into the mix. I was blown away by how delicious a simple vanilla fruit loop milkshake was. Make your own mad scientist-esque discoveries by getting creative!
Step Four: Shake it All Up
Now’s the time to blend everything you’ve chosen (whether haphazardly or carefully) into the perfect milkshake. The ratios are certainly the trickiest bit here. How much milk to ice cream? How many pieces of candy, or how much of your flavoring do you put in?
The answer to these questions depends completely on a number of factors. What brand of ice cream are you using? What flavor? What kind of milk? What additional ingredients are you using? While it may be difficult to get it right on your first go, the nice thing is that you can always just add a bit more milk if your shake turns out too thick, or more ice cream if it’s too thin. The only danger here is that you may end up with more milkshake than you initially anticipated, and we figure that’s a pretty darn good problem to have, especially if you’ve got that coma landing-platform we recommended earlier.
If you’re looking to create the perfect recipe that you can come back to time and time again, measure everything you do with measuring cups and spoons. If you need to add more of an ingredient, be sure to keep track of how much you add. Nothing’s worse than creating perfection, only to find later that no matter how hard you try you simply can’t replicate it.
Step Five: The Very Best Step
Once you’re satisfied with your shake, pour it into a glass (or perhaps a giant cup from Maverick) and enjoy! If you’ve got more of a Blizzard than a shake you’ll probably be using a spoon. Otherwise, your shake will be best-enjoyed through a straw. In addition to enjoying a shake that’s perfectly tailored to your own cravings and preferences, you can sip away with the satisfaction of knowing you made it all on your own!
Idaho is widely known for its potatoes. Outside of the state, people often simply think of it as “The Potato State.” You can’t blame them. Over 13 billion potatoes are produced in Idaho each year, and our spuds are widely regarded as the very best.
If you live in or grew up in Idaho, you may think you know a lot about taters. In reality, you probably do. However, we’ve compiled a list of things that potatoes can be used for that even the most spud-loving Idahoans likely don’t know about. So, grab a few potatoes, strap down, and get ready for this tater-tastic ride.
Polish Your Shoes
Polishing shoes can be a huge mess. If you are in need of a quick and easy shine, look no further than your very own pantry. Cutting a potato and using the inside to polish your shoes is surprisingly effective. The potato won’t damage the leather of your shoe, and it can even out polish that is already there, remove dirt, dust, or grime, and leave a nice clean look. Simply rub the potato on your shoe, and wipe them clean when you’re done. Don’t believe us? Try it!
You may have seen this in your elementary school science class, but potatoes can actually be used to light bulbs, run a clock, or provide electricity to other small devices. If you can pull together a penny, some copper wire, a galvanized nail, and a spud of course, you can turn the household veggie into an emergency energy source. See how.
Get Rid of Rust
Have a rusty knife? How about a rusty screwdriver or wrench? Maybe a rusty pot or pan? Or even a rusty piece of jewelry? Well, prepare to have your mind blown.
Potatoes contain oxalic acid, which helps break down rust. If whatever you’ve got that has become rusted can fit into the potato (such as handheld tools, scissors, etc.) go ahead and just stick it right into the spud.
If what you want de-rusted is larger than that, cut the potato in half. Dip the cut end of the potato into some dish soap and proceed to scrub the surface with the exposed inside of the potato. If the potato gets slick or too saturated with rust, simply cut the end off of the potato and repeat.
Gardeners sometimes use potatoes to plant rose cuttings. If you take a rose stem and insert the bottom of it into a potato, you can plant the entire potato as if it were a seed or bulb. Doing so provides the rose cutting with moisture and nutrients that improve its chances of survival.
Use Them as Projectiles
Where would a potato cannon be without potatoes? The shape and weight of potatoes make them excellent for launching, hurling, catapulting, or throwing. You can buy cheap potato guns that shoot small potato pellets using just air pressure. Just stick the barrel of the gun into the potato, give it a twist, pull it out, and fire! Please be responsible with your potatoes.
Care For Your Skin
Not only are tubers tasty and healthy for consumption, they’re also healthy for your skin. Yes, you heard us right. There are tons of things you can do in relation to skincare with potatoes. From removing dark marks under your eyes to exfoliation, potatoes can work wonders.
Make it a Whistle
Sure, you may find it silly now that we’re including this on the list, but if you’re ever lost in a potato field and need an emergency SOS whistle, you’ll be thanking us. Okay, fine, it’s a stretch. But if you’re ever bored and looking for something to do, try making a potato whistle! It’s not hard to do.
Using a potato to get in touch with your creative side is easier than you’d probably think. Simply cut a potato in half, cut a shape or design into the exposed inside, and then dip it in paint and use it as a stamp. While you may not think you’d be able to produce quality art this way, you’d be surprised to see what people have done using this method
Keep Goggles from Fogging
This mind-blowing trick is perfect for snorkelers, scuba divers, skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers alike. Ever gotten frustrated with your diving mask or ski goggles fogging up frequently? You can reduce your fog problems quickly and effectively by rubbing a halved potato over the inside surface of your mask or goggles. Doing so creates a transparent cover over the glass or plastic that can help it from fogging over and obstructing your sight.
This article was brought to you by Explore Rexburg, and used with their permission.
BYU-Idaho students, it’s time to celebrate because school is finally out and for the next 7 weeks it is officially summer. So what are you going to do to celebrate your time off? Here’s 7 suggestions to help you make the most of your break!
1. Binge Watch Your Favorite Netflix Show
After finals there’s one thing everybody alike wants to do, and that’s sit back, relax and actually enjoy yourself. You’ve spent the last three months married to the library with one too many sleepless nights. Enjoy the start of the of your break by binge watching a few seasons of your favorite show on Netflix. Here’s a list of everything coming to Netflix in Summer 2017!
2. Go to a Fair
You can’t properly enjoy a summer vacation unless you make it to your local fair. The South Eastern Idaho State Fair will be Sept. 1-9, where you can enjoy all your favorite carnival foods, rides and more!
3. Try A New Sport
Another thing to do while you’re on your vacation is to try out a new summer sport. There’s a number of fun activities you can try out! Try out kayaking, canoeing, or even paddle boarding! If you don’t have the gear you need you can rent your gear from the BYU-Idaho ORC.
4. Go Camping
Still haven’t made it out on that camping trip yet this summer? Now is your perfect opportunity to do so! Spend a weekend away and unplugged from the world around you. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Looking for places to go camping? Check out this list of 7 campgrounds near Rexburg!
5. Enjoy Your Summer Family Reunion
It’s not summer unless you get to enjoy your family’s annual Family Reunions. Spend a weekend away and with those you enjoy, indulging in all the potato salads and family fishing trips, or whatever it is that makes your family uniquely yours!
6. Celebrate the Solar Eclipse
If there’s one thing you do this summer, make sure it’s enjoy the Solar Eclipse! This is a once in a life-time opportunity! The best part is, enjoying the Eclipse will only take up about 2 minutes and 22 seconds of your whole day. After the Eclipse is over, enjoy some of the many booths and vendors around town!
7. Prepare Yourselves for The Start of Another New Semester
And finally the last thing to do this summer, is brace yourselves for the start of another new semester. The summer will eventually come to an end and your time will come when you have find yourself back in a relationship with the library and buried deep in hours of homework. So before that happens, get out and go enjoy these next 7 weeks of summer!
Rexburg City officials have announced that beginning on October 1, residents can anticipate a 7.5 percent increase in their utility bills. This means that the bill for your garbage, water, and sewer costs can likely spike at the beginning of Fall. Your utility costs may increase from $88.71 monthly, to approximately $95.38 monthly.
The city has not increased their rates since 2013; however, recently the city has had some things creep up on them, specifically personnel and depreciation. Councilwoman Donna Benfield noted that in order to avoid large utility spikes at once, the city will try to implement, smaller increases on a more frequent basis.
Why the Increase in Prices?
While the city is not excited about the increased rates, they feel that it will be a beneficial investment for the future. The city’s sanitation department is in dire need of new equipment. They are also looking to add another garbage truck and route, to their already pre-existing routes.
If residents would like to find out more about the utility increases, there will be a city council meeting, open to all residents on July 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
If you’re running out of things to do on the weekend and need something new to try out, stop by one of these local upcoming events!
1. Smashed $1 Grilled Cheese Day
If you haven’t heard yet, Smashed is a new restaurant in town. They serve signature grilled cheese sandwiches. On July 11th from 11 am – 11 pm Smashed will hosting an event where they serve $1 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches all day long!
Burgerfest is a free outdoor music festival that will be hosted on July 15 from 5 pm – 11 pm. The event will be held on the street in front of The Burg. There will be 8 bands, local artists, food and more!
3. Idaho Falls Air Show
The Idaho Falls Air show is an event hosted by the US Navy Blue Angels. The Air show will be hosted on July 22 and July 23 from 8 am – 5 pm.
4. St. Anthony Car Show
If you’ve got a need for speed and a thing for cars check out the St. Anthony Motors Car Show! On July 22 from 9 am – 4:30 pm the car show will be hosted in St. Anthony. There will be hot rods and classic cars!
5. Idaho Falls Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k
If you’re looking to to challenge your sporty side then sign up for the Idaho Falls Marathon! The race will be July 29 from 4 am – 11 am. The event will be benefit the West Side Elementary School.